Tonight David Letterman marks 30 years in late night television. His first late night talk show, Late Night with David Letterman, premiered February 2, 1982 on NBC, replacing Tomorrow with Tom Snyder. On August 30, 1993, Letterman moved to CBS with the program Late Show with David Letterman, which he’s hosted ever since.
Paul Shaffer on getting the gig as bandleader on Late Night with David Letterman:
In celebration of entering his fourth decade on late night, Letterman will have Howard Stern as the guest on his show this evening. It will be Stern’s 21st appearance on the program, and musical guests will be the Airborne Toxic Event. You can catch The Late Show with Dave Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.